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  1. Hello everyone Tom baker here . I wanted to drop a message in regarding the James dean memorial trophy on the 8th august at Victory park. Deano was a true friend and Great man and a special team mate. I speak ok behalf of all the past player saying we would love to see Halifax fans pack out victory park in two weeks time. His family need all our support more than ever please get your tickets and spread the word. My time at the shay was special I look forward to seeing as many supporters at the game as possible . As time move on so do football clubs but legacy left behind like Deano can never be forgotten. look forward to seeing you all Bakes
    24 points
  2. As Boris Becker once said following a defeat at Wembley. "Nobody lost a war, Nobody died", we lost a game of Football. In fact, in my world, and its my long held belief!! We didnt actually lose a Football Match, we lost a Penalty Shoot Out?? Either way you look at it the Italians won the ultimate prize and hats off to them, on the night they were slightly better than us. But what I do think is that what I've witnessed is the start of a great period for these young English lads. We've crossed another hurdle by reaching a final. It's been a long slow process but you can plainly see that we have a really bright future, whether thats with Gareth Southgate in charge, well that remains to be seen, but the wealth of talent that is available right now is frightening, and because they are so young and with this experience behind them, I can only see good thing to come. Why then do we have these morons in our society who think that in the year 2021 it's ok to troll our boys??? Rashford, Sancho & Sakka singled out for missing a penalty, more because of the colour of their skin, and thats an absolute disgrace. I dont know about you guys, but all I see when I look at these lads are young men who are so proud to wear that shirt, they, and all the other lads a a credit to this country, their families and most importantly themselves. We may not have won this tournament but I'll tell you what, the dreams alive, It's not the end.
    17 points
  3. Wrexham fan in peace. I was just reading this thread in interest after the Hyde signing to gauge your views. I can understand the frustration, we've all been there. I just thought I'd add my views on Vassell and Lawlor as it looks like both are being looked at by HTFC. Lawlor was fantastic for us alongside Pearson in his first season, he's pretty commanding in the air and well organised. The second season, with Pearson injured and the team in a bit if disarray he was very error prone and it wasn't a surprise when he was let go. There is a solid NL level player there though, he's tall and won't lose many aerial duels. I liked Vassell a lot last season and was sorry to see him released (same with Kelleher with whom he had a good partnership) he's strong and fairly quick for a CB. He can carry the ball forward to if thats how you play. Like all defenders at this level he has mistakes in him but hed be a very solid acquisition. One of those players who will play in NL one season amd L2 the next fairly comfortably. He'd be a good signing for any side in this division imo and certainly good enough for a team with play off aspirations. They'd probably make a good CB partnership!
    13 points
  4. Hoddie, if we do not support the club financially by either buying S/T's or paying to go through the gate then what else can we do? Supporting a football team is not like most other commercial transactions, where you pay to be entertained, or have a nice meal because these are mostly one off transactions where as following the Shaymen is about more than the sheer exchange of money in return for goods or a service. We all know it is daft and we need our bumps feeling but we persist because it gives us something to hope about and in some cases dream of better things. FC Halifax Town is a business with a single owner, but the fact is that in 25 years time when Mr. B has moved on there will still be a team called Halifax something and I no doubt will still be sat in the stands cheering them on, and handing over money to try and help them on their way. Argue all you want about the rights and wrongs of what the owner should do but for me it is about having a game each week to look forward to and enjoying myself whilst cursing for 90 minutes. If that means I have to put my hands in my pocket to help it happen then I will gladly do so whilst I am able to.
    13 points
  5. FFS the club offered to refund. Many like me didn’t take up the offer. Streaming was sh1te but we got to watch the Shaymen. Yeah we paid over the odds last season, but I will buy again this season. Why? Because I’m glad we still have a club after Covid. That DB is trying to give PW a similar budget to last season despite huge financial pressure. We've lost some real talent in King and Earring, but they will be replaced. Think about the bigger picture.
    13 points
  6. Supporters contributed tens of thousands during a fecking pandemic to pay his wages, many not knowing if they themselves would have a wage in the near future, and this is how he repays us? He actively tries to leave the club? He can feck off. Zero respect for him. Thoroughly shameless levels of loyalty from both Hyde and Byrne. Good riddance.
    12 points
  7. Not wanting to depress anybody on Friday Night but was just reading Mick has been revealing he as Prostate cancer, this is one disease which creeps up on you when you think everything is ok so as Mick his pleading its far better to get tested by having a simple blood test and catching it early. I had not got any symptoms and was amazed when i was called back to the hospital in October after having a stone removed from my bladder, the stone was so big and had to be removed via the Prostate and thats where the cancer was located,, i tell everybody that was my lucky day because i would never have known without the bladder stone, i go to see my consultant Tuesday for the big review and we have such banter it makes the visit easier and have been allocated my special nurse now who i can ring anytime for a chat so please if anybody is finding this depressing on a football forum because it is but just might save your life so better to be safe than sorry.
    11 points
  8. Geez, there are more tantrums on here than a kindergarten annual conference. Yes it is a blow that we have lost Hyde's goals and someone who is proven at this level as we know they are not easy to find. However, aren't we all grown men/women? Some are embarrassing themselves with their over reactions. Surely we did not let the world know we were losing Hyde or even Byrne for that matter for many reasons: less bargaining power to find a replacement, in case their prospective moves fall through and they had to stay put and probably a whole load more. Those crying that we have not brought in a replacement see above, a club like ours cannot replace a player who may be a higher earner with another higher earner until we are sure the other player has signed on elsewhere otherwise we would have two wages to pay when we only have the funds for one of them. On those crying that the players leaving have no loyalty, sadly that is football now, it is not great and I also wish it were not so but it is and it has been like this for a while now. And guess what, loyalty works both ways, I am sure Clarke is wondering where his loyalty is but we don't seem to care about that, or loyalty at all to players unless they are good, if they are average then we look the other way where loyalty is concerned. I am sure Wild has got players in mind. I think some people must be stuck in the past and still see the Shaymen as the big fish in a small pond like we were the first time we got relegated from the League. Hyde obviously did not want to be here and surely we don't want a player who is not committed to be here either. But people are making huge assumptions that there is no replacement lined up. A club like ours has to be certain that a player under contract is actually leaving before bringing in his replacement.
    11 points
  9. It's one thing a club coming in and asking to take a player. It's quite another for a player asking to leave. He was given a 2-year deal during a pandemic when thousands of people were losing their jobs all over the place. Halifax Town offered him security, the fans helped pay his wages, and he's repaid us with a sore knee and by submitting a transfer request. He'll sleep well tonight I'm sure. He's still a disloyal c***.
    11 points
  10. As a Shaymen till we die hard fan, this is how I see the situation.. Last year has gone, my £299 ST has also gone as it helped fund a team which was competitive and I saw my team play throughout the pandemic and didn’t dump us by doing a Dover Pleased we have resigned majority of last years honest/hardworking squad with room to add quality forwards/ball players and I will pay this years £279 ST so as to contribute towards our goal of being competitive in the National League That allows us to dream of a great FA Cup run or selling a player to Man City that can fund future squads with low ST pricing that builds our fan base Meanwhile we are Halifax, there is no Santa or Millionaire to fund our team. If we want to cheer on our beloved team in the National league then please contribute however you can. Mine is by purchasing the £279 ST (hopefully thru 3 instalments)
    11 points
  11. After last night disappointment I thought I would treat myself and renew my season ticket.
    10 points
  12. Warning rant coming! I'm utterly bemused by the English doomsters and gloomsters (thanks Boris!) about the England football team on the TV, radio and social media and the negative talk about the squad, style of play, Southgate's tactics, easy draw, not a penalty, yada, yada, yada! We have just reached the final of a major tournament in 55 years and thoroughly deserve to do so! Now in my 60+ years of watching the England football team I have seen them blow more semis than a hooker at a pensioners party!!! After years of dire England performances and crashing out of tournaments we finally have a set up, squad, manager and style of play to be proud of. Even if we don't win tomorrow, we WILL be challenging for major tournaments for years to come. So bore off all you doomsters and gloomsters and have a word with yourselves 🖕🖕🖕 England to win 3-1 and Southgate to be knighted. Hope everyone has a fecking awesome day tomorrow and creates memories that will last a lifetime. ❤🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿❤🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿❤🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
    10 points
  13. So some you aren’t renewing season tickets , expect refunds and still want PW to take us into the playoffs. Don’t want much do you. DB has done his best in unprecedented times. Yes we’ve paid over the odds for watching the Shaymen. I will be renewing and doing my bit. I don’t feel ripped off, I just know the club have done their best.
    9 points
  14. It is clear that the club owner isnt willing/able to invest significant amounts into the football club. Whether you agree with this or not, it is their prerogative. However, I think we would all agree that the club will stagnate without any significant investment into the club. Ive touched on it previously, and others have also mentioned it, but maybe it is time for Mr B to become more open to the idea of supporter/external shareholding. Ive linked to Glasgow Rangers' share sale in the past but it could be something the club looks at doing? Maybe too late for this season, but if a combined effort could be launched with a view to raising funds for the 2022/23 season then it gives everyone something to aim for rather than the usual 'cash into a bucket', with supporters instead getting some recognition. Attached to the shares would include information rights (copy of annual financial statements), voting rights (1 vote, per share owned), participation rights (the right to participate at AGM/EGM's), protections under the takeover rules & pre-emptive rights. The shares would not yield a fixed return. But if the club made a profit, and the shareholders agreed to a dividend payment, a return might be received. Though I doubt anyone would buy shares from an 'investment' point of view i.e. ever expecting a return. But it gives supporters a chance to truly feel a part of the club, an opportunity to feel like the supporters have a voice and also raises important capital for the club. I appreciate its probably not what Mr B wants to do and also appreciate historical issues with regards shareholdings (a problem built up over decades prior to the digital era), but I think its the only way we are going to develop and show some ambition.
    9 points
  15. Such sad sad news about Bobby. I had the pleasure of being his PE teacher at Catholic High. Together with many others, the Whiteheads, the Richardsons, the Megsons, and of course the Barrs what great lads to work with. Met Bobby on many occasions, and what a fine man he became, my condolences to his family and friends.
    9 points
  16. "Hi Nathan it's Pete. Have your bins been collected yet? No? Great, can you fetch your boots out of them?"
    9 points
  17. Season Ticket renewed. Can return to enjoying rest of Summer and tonights game.
    9 points
  18. Give up man, enjoy the moment ffs
    9 points
  19. Its a nice shirt, Im not really a shirt wearer but i might buy it whilst also giving me the motivation to lose my fat gut so i don't look like Daffyd.
    8 points
  20. I just don’t get what you think the club can do. We all know they have applied for £400k loan during last season to continue to exist. PW has told us DB despite that has been able to maintain a similar budget this season. There is a reduction in renewal prices for season tickets that take into account some of the additional cost to us last season. We have three transfer fees that will be ploughed back into helping PW with the side. Yeah we have lost four good players. But that’s what happens. We still have a very good core group. Our two additions so far look good. It’s not about being able to afford it, it’s recognising that in difficult circumstances the club are trying their best. I want to continue to help, be a supporter and watch my club. Cut your noses off to spite your face by all means. As for you Hoddie we all know you have an agenda against DB. Whatever he does won’t be good enough regardless.
    8 points
  21. The key word in that whole interview was patience. I really truly believe some fans have a skewed perception of transfer dealings and think because you can do a deal in 5 minutes on a computer game it happens in real life, or when we go for a job interview and get offered on the spot then its whst happens in football. These players hold all the cards and they have big decisions to make. Life changing decisions for some in which wouldn't you and i deserve some time and respect to mull it over. Like Wild says, "Patience" It'll all work out and we'll maybe see some business before July is out.
    8 points
  22. Gutted, frustrated and proud. Gutted to lose by the lottery of penalties and frustrated we did not maintain the level of the first half performance. I get that football managers have to adopt tactics to counteract the opposition but sometimes in doing that it nullifies our own flair and attacking threat as shown in the second half last night. Think Southgate's substitutions both timing and reasoning was poor as was his choice of penalty takers. Those on here who say it was our best chance, at home, easy half of draw etc etc have a valid point but imo this young squad will come again under Southgate or whoever and will be a force in Qatar and tournaments thereafter. We should be proud of what we have achieved and how this has brought the country together after 18 months of crap. Then the fans breaking into the stadium coupled with the abhorrent racist abuse ruin all that and potentially jeopardize our chances of getting the 2030 world cup, only in England eh !!
    8 points
  23. https://fchalifaxtown.com/news/season-ticket-options/ This is the link to last years request to buy season tickets I did buy a season ticket and watched every single game home and away. Some were streamed, some were on BT. I then attended the game against Chesterfield. So in essence, I streamed 20 home games at £10 and attended a match at £20. Total "outlay" £220. By attending 1 live game the club have effectively said "that is that. We are going to take all your money and not incentivise you to buy another season ticket nor are we going to give you a refund". If we had not played that last game at home the club would have given us a £100 refund which would have been near enough our £300 season ticket outlay (20 streams and £100 refund). So by enforcing their "sincere request" they have effectively appropriated £80 of our money. Legally they are probably correct, but morally they are on very dodgy ground. I am so very disappointed with the clubs stance on this issue and so I will not be buying a season ticket nor will I be buying a box in the supporters club football card at £20, nor will I contribute to the clubs future project play off fund (total £51625 raised by supporters), nor will I pay to go the Shay for home games. I will go to away games where convenient. They have cut their nose off to spite their face. Just a little bit of give and take would have made a big difference. If they were to reduce their season ticket renewal to £250 then I would gladly pay for that, but I believe that the club have been greedy and duplicitous. I honestly believe that they will not sell many season tickets @ £349. Forgive the longevity of my post but I believe this is an important issue. If anyone can give me an email address for someone important at the club I will forward this to them to make my point to the club.
    8 points
  24. The Supporters' Club are well aware of this and will be commemorating the game in some way, possibly by setting up something along the lines of the Manchester City reunion that was held last year. Funnily enough, I took a call from Barry Holmes two days ago asking me the same question. The pandemic has affected everyone and everything and it's made it much harder to organise things. Tom Scargill has spoken to around five of the players involved in that match v Man Utd and there will be an article to follow, probably next week. One of the problems about inviting players to The Shay is their ability to travel, as some will be well into their Seventies by now. Many of those who came to the Manchester City reunion stopped over on the Saturday night, some for two nights. One or two will have to travel some distance. Some of the players also need tracking down. The number I had for Andy Burgin turned out not be his, though the lady who answered the phone seemed very nice. I almost invited her to a random game. This year also sees the 100th anniversary of the first match at The Shay (3 September 1921) and that is on the agenda, too.
    7 points
  25. They were lucky first time round that the pitch prevented a lot of our free flowing football. Another game on a pristine pitch will give us the chance to afford them the drubbing they should have got first time.
    7 points
  26. I presume we are still training in Leeds , so it is more difficult for our “Spies “to spot new faces. Who might be trialling? Onwards and Upwards , we get this hysteria from the usual suspects every close season. I for one will be buying my season ticket on “Payday!” To me I will think of the £80 as my “Donation” to keep my beloved club going. When I look at the fixtures we only have one Saturday/ Tuesday home match so as someone who lives nearly 300 miles away I will attend less home matches. We need to contribute rather than moaning when budget cuts bite! Hopefully other long distance fans will do the same. Chatting to youngsters who ,when they are open ,can spend over a hundred pounds on a night clubbing, You could spend the money saved during the “Pandemic” on our beloved club! We oldies don’t spend £3 or more on coffees or on lots of pints or takeaways. The ones who post on here multiple times a day could have a “Swear style” jar. Each time you post 50p in the jar and the jobs a “Good one! Come on you Blues! 😁
    7 points
  27. Good work initially getting Byrne and Hyde on 2 year deals which is rare for us. The usual 1 year deal would’ve meant nothing for us. we move on.
    7 points
  28. Indeed it does,just spen most of today at my favourite hospital while Mrs Funky had some strange radio active tests which involved sitting in something like one of Richards Branson space modules, i could not go in because they have gone back to not letting visitors in due to Covid returning big time, after picking her up on the way back to the car park i saw a woman looking stressed trying to get a parking ticket so gave her mine which had over two hours left, she told me her son had been in hospital for four weeks and not long to live and she was hoping to be let to see him, how sad was that and then followed us back to the car and said to me you have just booked your ticket in heaven err not quite yet which brings it home that Byrne going to Hartlepool is well down the list when so many of our fans have passed away this year.
    7 points
  29. I really feel for Chris Eubank, I cant imagine there being anything more difficult than coping with the death of one of your children no matter how old they are. His son Sebastian Eubank died aged just 29yrs at the weekend. He died following a massive heart attack in Dubai while watching the sun go down. He was a young fit healthy Boxer & fittness trainer. Chis is obviously devastated as is his whole family. I can only imagine that this will be the hardest fight that Chris will have ever faced. Sebastian had an underlying heat problem that no one was aware of. He leaves a wife and young son. R.I.P. Sebastian, God Speed.
    7 points
  30. England and Italy have been the two best sides in the competition, easily, and are both in the final on merit. End of.
    7 points
  31. Gilmour buzzing can't wait to play in front of the Shaymen. Shame so many have spit out their dummies & wont be going down to see him😉
    7 points
  32. We have a scout who supposedly has hundreds of contacts. We've just recieved 2 fees for players which we have been told will go back into the playing budget and your telling me the best we can do with both those factors in mind is Tobi Sho Silva on a free transfer?
    6 points
  33. It’s good, but it’s not right.
    6 points
  34. Good effort to get to the final lads. Putting us on the map by making the effort is something for us all to be proud of. Up the AFC👍
    6 points
  35. You'd be a bit daft not to buy a season ticket if you're going to attend every game - or most games - regardless. I like Simon's suggestion in another thread that you could make your feelings known by writing to the club. It might not change anything but it also might make them think twice next time they consider abusing our loyalty.
    6 points
  36. Exactly this and great post! It is far easier for clubs like Wrexham, Stockport and others when you have tons of cash to splash around, even Hartlepool with the money they will get to be able to do deals quicker. For us with a tighter budget than a lot, we have to get things exactly right and also make sure that players leave before we can act. Yes we can do the leg work on some but it is hard to move things forward quickly if players have not signed elsewhere. Also players hold the cards at this stage of the season and if clubs (as we are) are not the highest payers of wages players will wait until later to sign in the hope they get a better offer. Its a harsh reality for us and sadly too harsh it seems for some of of our fans to accept.
    6 points
  37. On behalf of noelm - at what point do you ever get happy? I swear every pre season there are the same (I imagine it’s the same anyway) posters on here raging whenever we let anyone go, as if come the start of the season we’ll be rolling out onto the pitch with five 12 year olds, and not the full squad we always have by that point. I’d never heard of Byrne before we signed him, and ever so slightly heard of Hyde. By that token I’m sure there are other similar players out there that we will be trying to sign. As soon as we sign one, no doubt the exact same posters who are raging now will suddenly be brimming with amazement at the incredible players we have signed, who they apparently know inside out. This isn’t just a dig at you Greggs, it’s a comment on the ridiculous swing of emotion from a minority of posters on here that seems to happen every single pre season, as if every year they forget that some players leave, and some sign. And regardless of what happens in pre season, come the first game of the season, the first time one of our players misplaces a pass it will be BLOODY RUBBISH TOWN from the off.
    6 points
  38. How do you know what type of pay deal RNL and Stenson were/are on? RNL is likely to have had a huge percentage of it linked to appearances given his injury record. We will also have insurance that will at least partially cover the salaries of injured players, like Stenson. When you say “how many clubs would still be paying players like Stenson”…well, any club that doesn’t want to break the law and not honour the contract with him, that’s who. Ridiculous comment - we either have to pay his wages or pay him off. We can’t just release the bloke at no financial cost.
    6 points
  39. Good riddance if they didn t want to be here.
    6 points
  40. Okay. I think the supporters of Halifax Town are to blame. Not the lack of them, but those who believe this is where we belong, who are comfy with mediocrity and failure. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Mere existence is accepted. They just want to belong. Those of us who believe football clubs exist to actually try and win things are laughed at, mocked, ridiculed, scorned. Treated as though we're stupid or unreasonable. People sit there in their ivory towers throwing shade at clubs like Forest Green Rovers, Salford and Chesterfield for having the temerity to do what football clubs should try and do, which is compete and win things. And when the mediocrity-loving crowd run out of arguments, they have 'ol faithful to fall back on.... "Well why don't you put your money up and buy the club?" Simple reason. Why the hell should I have to? It should belong to me, to the supporters. It is nothing without us. Absolutely nothing. It used to belong to us, it was founded by supporters, funded by supporters, pushed on by supporters, bailed out multiple times by supporters. Nobody has put more money into the club than the supporters. NOBODY. Not even DB. Every year we put more money into the club than the BoD, and I'd wager that's been true for every single year of its existence right back to 1911. But we're idiots. We are literally funding the guy's hobby for him, and yet are treated as an inconvenience. The only time we hear from DB is when he wants to moan about how little money we've given him to play with. And for the club to basically rip us off this year by taking - yes TAKING not ASKING - more than they said they would, well, I think it's an absolute disgrace. This is MY club. Not in any legal sense, but I put money on the fact that after DB's reign ends, I will attend more games than he ever does, and I live in a different country. The club should belong to the supporters. If whoever legally owns it wants to do their own thing, fine, but let them pay for it. To take ownership of a football club built over nearly 100 years by successive generations of supporters, and then use that ownership to only ever whine at the club's current supporters about how little money they're giving you. It's unconscionable. And for some supporters to talk like he's the saviour, after he threw away 97 years worth of toil, sweat, tears, blood, emotion and sacrifice from all who came before him, it's just sickening. Fawning, hypocritical people who casually accept every decision taken without question, but worse than that, they actually treat those who think otherwise as worse than dog shit. But they still want me to throw £1 in the bucket. Because y'know, it's my football club when the bucket is shaking. Groundhog day. Perfectly put.
    6 points
  41. Formed early 20th century (tick) Started in non-league football (tick) Club colours settled on blue and white (tick) Uses town's crest as badge (tick) Almost folded before 1920 (tick) Rugby league club shares stadium (tick) Council helped bail them out of stadium mess (tick) Leeds nearby (tick) Manchester clubs nearby (tick) Few other local clubs to compete against (tick) Changed badge to modern circular format (tick) The above is Huddersfield Town and that's where their similarities with the Shaymen end. The only real difference between Huddersfield Town and Halifax Town? Huddersfield has twice the population of Halifax. That's it. Oh, and they listened to their supporters and changed their badge back to the town's coat of arms. Football League Champions 3 times, runners-up 3 times FA Cup winners once, finalists 5 times Dozens of internationals Numerous other finals and Football League play-off victories. Played in top tier for 50 seasons or thereabouts, roughly half of their existence. Are we seriously to believe that this is all the result of their town being twice the size of Halifax? Some will claim that Halifax can't support a Football League side. Yet somehow Huddersfield have comparatively thrived on crowds in the 10-15k range, from a population of just twice the size of Halifax, peaking at above 20k in the top tier in recent times. Or did they have real ambition? A bit more financial backing? A bit of luck? Now, at the risk of being accused of demanding the BoD make us a Premier League team, I refuse to accept that we are destined to forever be a tier 5 team. In 1926 Huddersfield Town clinched the Football League for the third successive year. In their very next match they played Halifax Town in the semi-final of the West Riding Senior Cup. The Shaymen didn't get a sniff of their goal until the 20th minute when England international goalkeeper Taylor had to dive at full stretch to deny Smeaton the opening goal. Billy Smith, another international, then opened the scoring for Huddersfield from an offside position, and his team cantered to a 4-1 win. Some would say it was expected, but it took the champions of England, playing their championship-winning side, a world-class save and an offside goal to get going against Halifax Town. It was the start of Huddersfield's decline. Clearly Town had them rattled and they only managed to finish as runners-up for the next two seasons. Eventually, some 20-odd years later they suffered relegation for the very first time. What a ball ache. And all because their townspeople didn't support the club. And because they had to compete with a top tier rugby league club, and being so near to Bradford City, Leeds United and the Manchester clubs. How they ever built back and secured top tier football again is beyond me. Magic, maybe? No, can't be, it's Bradford with the Harry Potter connection isn't it? But he played for Halifax Town, too. Meanwhile, we're all just happy to plod along in tier five football because it's where we belong. The thought that we might make it to League Two - or *prepare yourselves* - League One - is unfathomable. Such ambition must end, reality must set in, and we must prepare ourselves for another year of teams like Sutton United and South Shields throwing us scraps as they sail on past into the Football League. But at least we're showing everyone else how to do it the right way. Being financially sensible by, er, only running up an annual 100k loss. But it's fine, the BoD know what they're doing. After all, they've guided us for 13 seasons now, from the pub leagues to, er, where they found us. But at least there's no skeletons in the closet. That we know of. At least nobody has any shares in the club to mess things up. Not even supporters. Or investors. Or, well, er. Yeah. Showing every other club in the country how to do it. And I'm supposedly the one who wants to see the club fail. FFS.
    6 points
  42. Bobby was before my time but his brother was still about when I started supporting Town. I met Jack Haymer probably only a dozen or so times, but I'm sure he brought the Barr brothers into the conversation almost every time, he was really proud (and modest...) about that Northern Intermediate side. He even lent me a scrapbook once that covered that season in some detail. My memory's not the best but I think I jotted down the following match details from that scrapbook, in a similar format to the Word files that Johnny Meynell used to send me, or maybe Johnny sent it to me and I'm misremembering. Bobby made 29 appearances plus 2/3 sub appearances that title winning year, scoring 8 goals. What a side that must have been to watch, look at the clubs they beat to win it and the players that went on and had great careers.
    6 points
  43. All this nonsense about Stockport, Chesterfield and Wrexham making next season a three horse race. I bet not one of you on here had Sutton to win the league before a ball was kicked..... you can sign all the best players you want. Cherry pick from any league. It’s not football manager. What matters is that changing room. Remember 98. Oregan and Mulhall (god bless) had the smallest of budgets (ring a bell?) yet created a changing room worth 3goals a game.... buy a season ticket/renew. And buckle up tight.
    6 points
  44. Got to agree with you. Mancini has done great with this Italy team no doubt and the run they are on is superb. However, he is a good manager not great. As you say context is everything, he did well at Inter but was helped enormously by what happened to Juventus and at Man City he had the budget that anyone would envy. Football is sometimes fine margins and Italy won what is essentially a coin toss (yes Italy were great in the tournament and deserved the win on the night) when it comes to penalties. To then say that one manager is great and the other is clueless is a bit OTT. Yes Southgate probably got his tactics wrong on the night but we still came so close and it came down to a coin toss. People criticising the likes of Southgate and Wild only look at fractions of the whole. Southgate has built a culture and spirit that you usually only see in club football, he's developed players, he's built loyalty and trust and 100% commitment from the players and supreme belief. Yet he's totally useless because the result didn't go right after 120 minutes and a penalty shoot-out. We got to the World Cup Semi final in 2018 and the team has improved since then and gone one better this time. Yes we were largely at home but all this pessimism is laughable. We will probably be ranked in the top few teams in the world following the last two tournaments so to say we have no chance with Southgate in charge is ridiculous. Its akin to Pete Wild taking us to a play off final and us losing on penalties and claiming we will never go up with Wild in charge.
    6 points
  45. He’s walking around Tesco’s looking important
    6 points
  46. Ahh lets not enjoy the moment then, jesus 🙄. England v Germany game i went to was the best game i have e ever been to atmosphere wise, best day ive had at a football match, but shouldn't have celebrated much as "we haven't achieved anything yet"
    6 points
  47. Let's hope they get on better than their Pink Floyd namesakes!
    6 points
  48. What is disappointing to me is that the club have effectively pocketed the money saved by opening the stadium for the game against Chesterfield without giving the supporters the option of taking for arguments sake a refund of £80. I appreciate they are technically correct in doing what they have done by not offering a refund but, in my view, not morally correct. I think if they had still offered a refund of £80 the vast majority of fans wouldn't have taken it up but, frankly, it pisses me off not to be given the option. We voluntarily supported Project Playoffs contributing over £50K and yet we are treated in this manner as if we are not trusted to support the club. For the club to be moaning about the cost of opening the stadium for the Chesterfield game really does take the biscuit when doing so they no longer have to offer the refund! I am now in two minds about renewing at the price of £279 whereas if a refund had been offered I almost certainly would have and donated the £80 to the club and felt good about it. For the club it is a conundrum but for me it doesn't feel right. If DB isn't prepared to put the funds in to keep us at this level then maybe it is time to step aside and look for a different model of ownership or let us find our level based on a balanced budget rather than running up an ever increasing debt. Does his promise to leave the club debt free still stand or will he move the goalposts on that as well? What would he have done without the Vardy money? Without that he hasn't even been close to balancing the books so I really don't understand the DB love in on that front. If you want to own a football club it's going to cost you money, like it or not. The bottom line is that the wage bill at this level is unsustainable and until that changes the figures just don't add up. £21 to pay on the turnstile is just ridiculous for 90 minutes of watching a team trying not to lose rather than trying to win and entertain. I suppose that is down to the pressures of modern day football where money rules.
    6 points
  49. Who the hell do you think your preaching to?? What I expect the "Club" to do is honour what they said they were going to do, and I'm not alone in that!! And dont talk to to me about loyalty, I've given nearly 60 yrs of loyalty to this club and would expect nothing but the same in return. Covid was nobodies fault, the consequences have been felt far and wide and in far greater depth than most of us will ever experience. But dont be one of those who think that a Football Club is anything other than a business, who in my opinion on this occasion have taken some of us for fools. So save your preaching for someone who actually cares!!
    5 points
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